dao

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

  1. From the pinyin romanization of Chinese (Dào, literally the Way) or (dào, "circuit").
  2. From the pinyin romanization of Chinese (dāo, literally Single-edged blade)

Proper noun[edit]

dao

  1. (Chinese philosophy) Alternative form of Tao: the way of nature and/or the ideal way to live one's life.

Noun[edit]

dao ‎(usually uncountable, plural daos)

  1. (historical) Synonym of circuit: various administrative divisions of imperial and early Republican China.
  2. A Chinese sword with a curved, single-edged blade, primarily used for slashing and chopping

Limburgish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

dao

  1. there

Synonyms[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

dao

  1. for that reason

Mandarin[edit]

Romanization[edit]

dao

  1. Nonstandard spelling of dāo.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of dáo.
  3. Nonstandard spelling of dǎo.
  4. Nonstandard spelling of dào.

Usage notes[edit]

  • English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

Vietnamese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Non-Sino-Vietnamese reading of Chinese (“knife”; SV: đao), from Proto-Vietic *-taːw

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

(classifier con) dao ‎(, , )

  1. knife

Derived terms[edit]